A Smartphone will be the master key to access hotel rooms in Hilton hotels

hotelsThe multinational hotel chain Hilton recently announced a new application that will allow them to control even more aspects of their guests stays in their hotels with the use of a smartphone.

Geraldine Calpin, vice president and global head of digital at Hilton Worldwide, said they has analyzed the opinions of over 40 million members of HHonors through surveys, review sites and social network posts. According to the results, customers wish to have more control and choice options. In fact, 84% of business travelers said they wished they had the opportunity to choose their own rooms.

By the end of the year, Hilton’s “digital check-in” and room selection will be available in over 4,000 Hilton properties around the world, in over 80 countries members of Hilton HHonors.

Source: Almomento360

Security tool at Avila Mountain is one click away

Alpify El AvilaA free mobile App for Android and Blackberry offers Avila National Park (Waraira Repano) visitors the help of a rescue group watching every step hikers take within the park’s 66,192 hectares.

Rescate Caracas, founded in 1968 and with 40 members was the organization responsible for getting the Spanish company Grup Basera SL to yield the rights to their app Alpify for free as a pilot project for Venezuela to offer support in case of emergency and prevention 24-hours a day in the national park.

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The app only works inside Waraira Repano, outside the area it doesn’t get connected. It must be activated as you enter the park and users only need to click the button if they need help. As soon as someone activates the “panic button” the competent authorities receive a notification.

After downloading Alpify, users must register their personal information as well as a close relative or friend’s telephone number. The system registers the user’s number and activates GPS location and time in case of an incident. With Alpify, the rescue group Rescate Caracas is able to geolocate people in case of an emergency and to establish the path taken by whoever reported the irregular situation (wounded, lost, robbed or others).

Rescate Caracas also sends safety messages to the people within the national park, such as fire reports, landslide reports, weather conditions or other emergencies, also indicating the emergency numbers for the area they’re at.

Alpify has been downloaded for nearly 700 people in one month, and most of these users train twice or three times per day in El Ávila. The app administrators have made it available for the communities (including the cable car and schools) that operate inside the park.

Source: UN

Over 50 million smartphones are vulnerable to hacker attacks

Heartbleed bugAbout 50 million smartphones with the operating system Android have been left vulnerable to hacker attacks due to the “heartbleed” security bug, discovered mid-April this year.

The devices affected are those running under Android version 4.1.1, or “Jelly Bean”, according to a study carried out by the analytics firm Chitika, said British newspaper The Guardian. Apparently, the bug has been there for two years, but it only became public when the patch to counteract it was launched.

Devices running under that version of Google’s operating system will be vulnerable to an action described as “reverse Heartbleed,” by which a malware server could use the bug of the encryption system OpenSSL -the most popular online encryption system- to steal information from devices’ browsers.

 “Reverse Heartbleed” could expose passwords and user activity. In theory, devices with previous versions of Android, those that aren’t being updated anymore, would also be vulnerable, but at Google they assured that less than 10% of the world’s active devices could have been affected by this bug.

Source: BlackBerry Vzla

New WhatsApp bug allows attackers to assume the sender’s identity

identidad suplantadaWhatsApp is once again in the spotlight due to a new vulnerability found by two Spanish hackers that allows attackers to assume the sender’s identity. However, it’s a complicated bug and it’s not within reach for the average user.

This bug lets an attacker modify the sender of any WhatsApp message to pretend being someone else, such as a friend, and thus tricking them into visiting a link containing malware.

The vulnerability has been informed to the App’s representatives as their goal is to solve these problems to prevent their use by hackers with worse intentions. However, it’s a weakness that can be easily exploited by unscrupulous hackers.

Although it’s hard to use, the dangerous potential will force WhatsApp to take measures to solve this issue.

Source: BlackBerryVzla

Companies propose anti-theft device to prevent mobile theft

antirobo movilA group of mobile companies stated that the largest mobile device manufacturers and US telephone companies would soon include anti-theft tools in their devices to control theft cases.

CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that, according to a voluntary commitment, companies such as Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc., U.S. Cellular Corp., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. would provide an anti-theft tool preinstalled in devices or available for free download for mobile devices sold in the United States from July 2015.

Users would have the option to remotely eliminate the information contained in their mobile phones as well as to prevent reactivation if their devices are lost or stolen, said the association.

The industry has taken action as government agencies and elected US officials ask manufacturers to implement disabling devices to fight the increasing smartphone robbery cases in the nation. Sector representatives had said that including such anti-theft devices in mobile phones had serious risks, such as hacker vulnerability.

Nearly one of every three robbery cases in the United States involves smartphones, according to the Federal Communications Commission. These robberies cost US consumers over 30,000 million dollars in 2012, said the agency in study.

Source: Noticias24

Samsung implemented measures against phone theft

find my mobile enSamsung Electronics will include two security features in its latest Smartphone in an effort to reduce the large number of device robberies in the United States, the company informed.

The world’s largest mobile telephone manufacturer said users could now activate for free the features “Find My Mobile” and “Reactivation Lock” to protect the Galaxy 5S. These features electronically disable the devices if there’s an unauthorized attempt to completely reset them.

The announcement was made as the District Attorney of San Francisco, George Gascon; the Attorney General of New York, Eric Schneiderman and other authorities demanded the manufacturers to implement ways to disable the devices to fight theft nationwide.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, nearly one of every three robberies in the United States is related to mobile devices. Lost and stolen mobile devices, mostly smartphones, cost consumers over $30,000 million in 2012, said the entity in a study.

Source: BlackBerryVzla

How would you know if your cell phone is being controlled remotely?

Smartphones1Currently, most malware comes from text messages (SMS), advertising programs and applications download from unreliable sites.

The consequences of controlling a phone range from spying through it to information theft by stealing your contacts list. At Google, is possible to find tools such as Mobile Spy, Spyera Gold or Flexispy to spy on someone. The latter is sold as the definitive tool for people that are suspicious of their lovers.

There are many symptoms that could mean that a smartphone has been hacked. In order to find out with certainty, the best thing to do is to get help from a professional or to download an antivirus application; many are free or are available for testing trials in the Internet, which are very useful to analyze our device. Eset, Avira and Kaspersky offer testing applications that are free and that can be used to verify the state of the phone but, there are many more.

A few of the symptoms are as follows:

Larger than usual bill

One of the clearer indications that the phone has been hacked can be identified in the invoice. If the user discovers that the bill increases and does not recognize many of the numbers expressed on it, or suspects that they do not correspond to any of the contacts in their agenda, it might mean that a Trojan virus has been sending SMS or making calls to monitored phones.

Increase in data usage

The malware usually sends information to the cybercriminals, which implies an increase in the data usage. If your provider has reduced your transfer speed it might be because you are consuming a lot of data. And this can be caused by a virus that might be operating while you are unaware of it.

The calls are off or the SMS never arrive

Even though it might look as if there is maximum coverage, sometimes the phone’s more basic functions do not work with reliability. This is because the malware attempts to intercept calls and even, forward such calls toward other numbers with a higher rate or through proxies.

The battery runs out inexplicably

It can also be a sign that the battery runs out ahead of time without having used the cellular phone. In this case, it is also possible that a program might be stored in the active memory and is executing various applications at the same time.

The applications (apps) close unexpectedly

If an application that has always worked without any issues, and that has not been updated, suddenly starts closing often, it might be a symptom of something interfering with the phone’s operability. Whenever this occurs, the user has to verify that the issue is not caused by the lack of resources of the device such as old versions of Android, or that it is caused by the application.